December 14 - 20, 2014
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

St. James Church Name Day


Morning Service:
Divine Liturgy:
Bible Readings:

Blessing of Madagh
9:15 AM
10:00 AM

Wisdom 7:12-20; Isaiah 44:1-5; Hebrews 13:17-21;

John 9:39-10:10




Archbishop Karekin Hovsepian (later Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia)

Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan

Very Reverend Father Varoujan Kabarajian

Rt. Reverend Father Vartan Megherian

The founders of the St. James Armenian Church

Commemoration of Pontiff St. James of Nisibis,  Hermit St. Maruge and Bishop St. Melitus

Pontiff St. James of Nisibis, the patron saint of our church, is one of the most authoritative and most beloved saints of the Universal Church. He is a prominent saint not only in the Armenian Church but also in the Syriac Church. He was born, raised, worked and died in Nisibis, which today is known as the city of Nusbyien in Southeastern Turkey.

St. James deserves the epithet Thaumaturge (Wonderworker) for the numerous miracles attributed to him. According to hagiographical sources, St. James was from the Parthian dynasty and the nephew of St. Gregory the Enlightener. When the family members of Anak the Parthian were killed, nurses secretly fled to Caesaria, taking with them the infant brothers Suren and James. In Caesaria, they were educated in the Christian faith. When they were still children, James and his sister Sakden were taken to Persia and lived for a time in the royal palace. However, when a young man, James rejected his safe and well-to-do life and became a hermit. In his young adulthood he withdrew to the desert to live and pray as an ascetic. He eventually left for Nisibis where he became a disciple of the hermit St. Maruge, famous for leading a life befitting saints. In turn, St. James became the teacher of Ephraem the great patristic Syrian priest and writer.


St. James learned from St. Maruge that many people despite their conversion to the true faith were skeptical about the existence of Noah's Ark. The hermit told James that, "The ark rested here on the nearby Cordoyenes Mountains known to the Armenians as Ararat." Thus, St. James decided to climb the mountain in order to see the Ark himself and bring back a piece of it in order to put to rest people's doubts. Despite his unshakable will power, St. James could not reach the peak of Mount Ararat. However, while taking a short nap to recover from his struggles, an angel visited him in his dreams and put a piece of the Ark under his head. James took the relic with great joy and brought it to Maruge, who upon seeing it was filled with great joy. According to tradition, in the place where St. James had lain down there appeared a cold stream with healing and miraculous qualities. In the future a church bearing the Saint's name would be built nearby the stream. The relic of the Ark given to St. James by one of God's angels is currently in the museum of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.


After the death of the Bishop of Nisibis, two candidates emerged from two conflicting groups. However, God appeared to St. Maruge and told him that St. James was the most worthy and deserving candidate to become the next Bishop of Nisbis. On the advice of the hermit, everyone switched their focus to St. James and summoned him from the desert. He was ordained bishop in 320 A.D. in Amida.


St. James participated in the Council of Nicaea in 325 at which he enjoyed great respect from the Emperor Constantine and the other attendees. He became one of the great champions of the orthodoxy of the Christian Church against Arius and Arianism, which were condemned at the Council. Two or three times he saved Nisbis from Persian invasions with his prayers.


Although subjected to persecutions and tortures prior to becoming a cleric during the persecution of Maximianos, he nevertheless died peacefully at an old age in 338 A.D. His many relics were taken to Constantinople in 970 A.D. and became the subject of great honor in the imperial city.


Bishop St. Mielitus was born in Melitene, Armenia Minor. In 358 he became the Bishop of Sebastia. In 360 he ascended the throne of Antioch and continued St. James' struggle against the Arians. In 381 he presided over the Second Ecumenical Council convened in Constantinople but unfortunately passed away before its conclusion.

Prayer of the Week

Conqueror and holy bishop, like the great Moses fighter against the Evil spirits with pride You took on yourself the cross. We have you as intercessor for us before the Father in heaven. Amen.

St. James' Khachkar Project

The Parish Council of Saint James Armenian Church in Evanston, IL, at Der Hovhan's behest and guidance, has made the decision to commission a khachkar from Armenia.

Our new khachkar will be made by an Armenian artist who lives and works in Armenia and who specializes in khachkars and has made several for other Eastern and Western Diocese parishes. Our khachkar will be sized to meet the architectural dimensions of the church building, and to be sure, in keeping with the tradition of khachkars, will be a unique creation with distinctive details that make no two khachkars alike. It will be placed outside in the small garden that adorns the entrance of our church.

Click here to read Der Hovhan's letter

Click here to read Parish Council's letter

Click here to print out the donation form.

The 70 Years, 70 Facts Project

Fact 9

The original name of our was Church North Shore Armenian Apostolic Church of Cook County, IL.

From ACYOA Jrs


"Please help us collect materials for Open Books, a local non-profit working to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond! There will be a box in the church foyer to collect any new or used books in good condition as well as CDs and DVDs in playable condition. Examples of types of books include fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cookbooks, children's books, textbooks, encyclopedias, and more! Thank you for helping support literacy in our community!"

For more information contact Selena Groh.

Poon Paregentan Dance 2015
A Celebration of Life and Love

Click here to see the flyer for details.

Click here for opportunities to showcase your business.

Quote of the Week

Saint Cyprian of Carthage

Altar Guild's Wish List

1. Two processional lanterns. $250 (each). Not pledged

2.  Painting of St. Taddeus the Apostle. $1000. Not pledged.

3. Painting of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. $1000. Not pledged.

4.  Painting of St. Stephen the Protodeacon. $1000. Not pledged.

5.  Priest's 'half-vestments'. $500. Not pledged.

6.  Censer stand. $400. Pledged.


Sunday School's Wish List

1.   Cabinet for storage of books and supplies. Not pledged.

2.   Room furniture for students and teachers. Not pledged.


Calender of worship services and events at St. James

December 13

December 14

December 28


January 5 (Monday) January 6 (Tuesday)

January 10

January 11

January 28

February 14

February 14

February 15

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

St. James Church Name Day

Commemoration of St. Stephen Protodecon and Protomartyr and deacon's dedication service

Eve of the Feast of the Nativity (Jrakaloouyts)

Feast of the Nativity and Theophany (Badarak at 10 am)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Blessing of the Water and Appreciation Luncheon

Midday Hour (11:30 AM)

Saturday Evening Service-Kirakamtits (5:00 PM) 

Poon Paregentan Dance

Poon Paregentan Sunday


St James steeple



December 15 - Commemoration of the Pontiffs Sts. Ignatius, Adde and Bishop Maruta


December 16 - Commemoration of Bishop St. Theopompus, martyr St. Theovna and soldiers Sts. Basos, Eusebius, Eutikus and Basilidesfrom Anna


December 18 - Commemoration of the Virgins Sts. Indos, Domna, Prist Glerikus and twenty thousand martyrs martyred in the Church of Nicomidia


December 20 - Commemoration of St. Abgar, First Martyr of the Church and our first king believing in Christ





We cordially invite you to 

celebrate the 






December 14, 2014

Divine Liturgy begins at 10:00 am


MADAGH will be blessed at the end of the Divine Liturgy and will be distributed during the festive luncheon.




St Stephen

Sunday, December 28, 2014

St. James has recently begun sending prayer cards requested by parishioners to mark occasions such as baptisms, weddings, bereavement and healing. A copy of the request form was sent to parishioners' homes. You can also pick up additional copies in the sanctuary or in Nishan Hall. Please see Der Hovhan if you have any questions. 

Please join our parish 
as we make the holiday season happier for families in need

Can Food Drive

Canned food items and gift cards will be accepted at St. James on the following Sundays:
December 14, and 21,
for distribution to needy parishioners and a local food bank.

Please be sure expiration dates are current.

A reminder of our new initiative to reach those parishioners in need of assistance during times of illness, death and other life difficulties. Please bring to the Parish Council or Der Hovhan's attention when need arises, and as always, we are looking for volunteers to lend their time.
There are still several dozen frozen dumplings left over from the recent Fall Food Bazaar, $10/dozen. 

Also we have some lahmajoon left for sale, $20/dozen.

Please see any Women's Guild or Parish Council Member to purchase.

Thank You!

Divine Liturgy
10:00 AM on Sundays

Morning Services
9:15 AM on Sundays

Midday Hour (Wednesdays)
January 28
11:30 AM

Vespers (Saturdays) Kirakamtits
December 13, January 10, February 14
5:00 PM



Please consider donating flowers to adorn the Holy Altar. You may either bring flowers or make a monetary donation towards the purchase.

Sign-up sheet is in the Nishan Hall.


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Parking is FREE on Sundays at the parking garage on Maple street. Main entrance on Maple Avenue & Clark Street.

Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan, Pastor
816 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60201